Preoperative Autologous Blood Donation to Minimize Homologous Blood Transfusions

  • Hermann Sons
  • H. D. Schulte
  • W. Bircks
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The transfusion of homologous blood and its derivates is still associated with a certain risk [2, 5, 7, 10] in spite of all improvements in donor selection [1, 9]. Therefore, since 1982 it is a standard procedure in our institution to collect autologous blood before operations performed with extracorporeal circulation. The advantages of the retransfusion to the donor-recipient are obvious: there is no risk of disease transmission or incompatibility. Acute normovolemic hemodilution combined with retransfusion [3, 6] reduces the need for homologous blood and/or its derivates [4, 8, 11].


Autologous Blood Extracorporeal Circulation Extracorporeal Circuit Homologous Blood Autologous Blood Donation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hermann Sons
    • 1
  • H. D. Schulte
    • 1
  • W. Bircks
    • 1
  1. 1.Chirurgische Klinik und Poliklinik, Abteilung für Thorax- und Kardiovaskuläre ChirurgieHeinrich Heine UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany

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